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Criminal masterminds butt-dial 911 from parking lot of restaurant they were about to rob, where the chief was eating dinner

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Brothers BBQ and Brewing Co. Credit: Facebook.  Inset - Danville PD Chief Tony Gray.
Brothers BBQ and Brewing Co. Credit: Facebook. Inset – Danville PD Chief Tony Gray.


Two would-be robbers planned to target a restaurant/bar in Danville, Kentucky, that’s frequented by the local police chief. But they didn’t get too far, thanks to a major mistake made during their planning stages.

Police say Robert Bourne and David Grigsby were hatching a plan to rob Brothers BBQ, while sitting in the restaurant parking lot Saturday night. They’d reportedly been inside the establishment earlier that night having a beer.

“I saw a ski mask [the police] had taken from them and it was on the top of the car, and I thought, ‘holy crap, they were seriously ready to do it,’” said Brothers owner Mike Southerland.

Apparently their plan was foiled because one of the suspects “accidentally enacted his cell phone’s emergency mode, dialing 911, leading to a local dispatcher hearing their plan at the very moment it was being discussed,” the Advocate-Messenger reported.

Southerland knew something was going on when he saw an officer come inside and walk over to Danville Police Chief Tony Gray, who was just finishing up his dinner.

“There was some conversation about when they should do it, they might be recognized if they do it in Danville, and I think they did talk about some different locations … Somewhere in the conversation my name was brought up,”  Gray told The Messenger.

Dispatch eventually figured out the call was coming from the general vicinity of South 4th Street and then was able to pinpoint that it was coming from somewhere in the parking lot at Brothers. Initially there was speculation that the chief may have accidentally dialed 911 and was discussing a robbery case with someone else.

The two suspects were pulled out of the vehicle and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. No weapons were found on or near them, police said.

 

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